Saturday, September 22, 2018

 the writer herein sheds a bit more light on the korean situation than you might find on your tv;

Springtime in Korea.  Peace and love have erupted all over the mountainous peninsula as the leaders of the two rival nations seek to end the nearly seven decades of hostility between them.
One can’t underestimate the passionate longing felt by most Koreans on both sides of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for some form of reunification – or at least reattachment – of the two nations.  Amazingly, the 1950-53 Korean War has never been ended by a peace treaty so a simmering state of war exists between North and South Korea in spite of past attempts to end it.  During the war, 33,686 Americans died and 128,600 were wounded, and the two Koreas suffered over 2 million dead. Chinese casualties were heavy.
The DMZ is probably the most heavily militarized frontier in the world, with hundreds of thousands of tough troops and thousands of tanks and guns confronting one another.  I’ve seen few more impressive military sights.  Only the Pakistani-India border in Kashmir offers a similar martial display and menace.
Kudos go to the leaders of North and South Korea for de-escalating the tensions between them.  Both deserve a Nobel peace prize.  Kim Jong-un and Moon Jai-in have made a great leap forward by trying to end the Korean War.  Most Koreans – except for hard rightwing anti-Communist Christians in South Korea – are thrilled.
As a very long-time observer and friend of Korea, I too am elated by the Moon-Kim friendly summit and wish it success.  But I’m also worried by the role of Washington.
President Donald Trump certainly broke the ice with North Korea and played a key role in setting peace talks into motion.  Kudos to him.

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